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David Holmes

David Holmes

Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media Studies, Monash University

David is a political analyst, social theorist and media scholar. He completed a major in Media Studies at Swinburne University, a BA (Hons) in Politics and Social Theory and a PhD in Social Theory (Department of the History and Philosophy of Science) from the University of Melbourne, where he was awarded the Dwight prize for political science.

He is author or editor of four books in the sociology of communications including: Virtual Politics: Identity and Community in Cyberspace (Sage 1997) and Virtual Globalisation: Virtual Spaces, Tourist Spaces (Routledge 2001), Communication Theory: Media, Technology and Society (Sage 2005) and a Key Concepts in Media and Communications (Sage 2011) co-authored with Paul Jones (UNSW) Over eleven years, he has also co-authored four editions of an analysis of Australian society: Australian sociology (2003, 2007 and 2011, 2014) with Roberta Julian and Katie Hughes. For the last two editions he has written a new chapter on the sociology of climate change.

Fake news and god's wrath: extreme hurricane politics in the US

Sep 11, 2017 08:16 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics Nature

The devastating scenes of destruction and flooding in the Bahamas and the southern states of the US have captivated the world for many weeks now. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and Hurricane Jose soon to follow, have stolen...

With battery storage to the rescue, the Kodak moment for renewables has finally arrived

Mar 20, 2017 02:12 am UTC| Technology

Who would have thought that, scarcely five weeks after Treasurer Scott Morrison, paraded a chunk of coal in parliament, planning for Australias energy needs would be dominated by renewables, batteries and hydro? For...

Playing politics with renewables: how the right is losing its way

Feb 25, 2017 13:01 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

This summer has seen a concerted attack on renewable energy coming out of Canberra, featuring everyone from One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts to Coalition ministers channelling the far right of their party. So absurd and...

Climate Change Series

'We must keep the lights on': how a cyclone was used to attack renewables

Oct 04, 2016 08:17 am UTC| Nature

The mid-latitude cyclone with no name that hit South Australia last week, spawning two tornadoes and 80,000 electricity strikes, destroyed 22 massive transmission towers carrying electricity across the state. The...

Social Media Revolution Series

Climate Change Series

Climate change makes a comeback – with the help of social media

Jun 14, 2016 07:44 am UTC| Insights & Views Nature

In what has been shaping up as the election that forgot climate change, there are signs emerging in the Coalitions election campaign that it is starting to listen to polls, its own focus groups and social media chat on...

Climate Change Series

Why has climate change disappeared from the Australian election radar?

May 23, 2016 09:33 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Two weeks into a protracted election campaign, it is looking ever-more likely that climate change is to be placed way down the order of business at least for the major parties. The contest over climate change that...

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Economy

Bank Negara Malaysia likely to adopt two rate hikes of 25 bps each in 2018, says ANZ Research

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is expected to adopt two rate hikes of 25 basis points each in 20108, with the first one in January 2018, according to a recent report from ANZ Research. The downside surprise to October...

UK gilts decline in muted trading session, reverse gains post Q3 GDP data

The UK gilts declined on the last trading day of the week amid a silent session that witnessed least data of any major economic significance, reversing all gains seen after the release of the third-quarter gross domestic...

German bunds slump after Ifo business climate index beats expectations in November

The German bunds slumped Friday after the countrys business climate index released by Ifo hit a new record-high during the month of November, also surpassing what markets had initially anticipated. The German 10-year...

Euro likely to extend further gains in 2018, says Canadian Imperial Bank

The common currency is expected to extend further gains going into 2018, according to a recent report from the Canadian Imperial Bank. On track to cut back asset purchases later this month, the ECB is now on the precipice...

New Zealand bonds close higher after imports hit record high in October, trade deficit widens

New Zealand government bonds closed higher on Friday after the countrys imports hit a record high in October. Also, rising expectations that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is set to keep interest rates at record lows for...

Politics

Brexit: why Macron has more room to manoeuvre than May and Merkel

Despite the valiant efforts of both the EU and the UK to uphold confidence in the Brexit negotiations process, its clear the talks have been deeply unsatisfactory for both sides. Fundamental conflicts of interest and...

Why PR agencies and their spin should be the subject of greater scrutiny

It was one of the biggest and best-known British PR agencies around. So when Bell Pottinger came crashing down earlier this year, you could be forgiven for wondering why it hadnt prepared a better crisis strategy to deal...

Catalonia crisis: Spain enters unchartered territory following Madrid move to end autonomy

Shortly after Catalonias parliament in Barcelona voted to declare independence from Spain on October 27, the senate in Madrid voted to trigger Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, removing Catalonias autonomy. In...

China's ambition burns bright - with Xi Jinping firmly in charge

The most important political event of 2017, the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress, has concluded. And while there was much to digest, one image above all stands out: Xi Jinpings political dominance and his burning...

Kuwait's economic interest in mediating the Qatar-Gulf crisis

A blockade against Qatar by its Gulf neighbours is now in its fifth month. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates severed socio-economic ties with Qatar as punishment for its alleged support of terrorism...

Science

Drug Addiction Could Be Cured With Gene Therapy

The opioid addiction crisis gripping the U.S. is currently one of the biggest health issues plaguing the country. In many cases, opioid addicts turn to using heroin or methamphetamine in order to get high. In what could...

Cancer Patient Injected With Vaccine For The First Time

Cancer is one of the last remaining major illnesses that still does not have a vaccine, but human trials have finally begun to change all this. Moderna Therapeutics just injected a patient with a cancer vaccine for the...

New Zealand’s Plan To Weaponize CRISPR To Annihilate Pests Sparks Debate In Scientific Community

Its always the same story. Governments want to use science as a weapon of mass destruction, certain members of the scientific community speak up about the potential consequences, and the debates ensue. In the case of New...

Scientists Achieved Real-Time Gene Editing In Live Human Subject For The First Time

Gene editing is considered by many as the future of medicine. The potential uses attributed to the field range from curing all kinds of diseases to making humans practically invulnerable. For the first time, scientists...

Scientist Proves Brain Implant Can Improve Memory By 30%

These days, one of the hottest topics in the tech and medical industries is the matter of cybernetics or merging man with machine. A scientist has recently advanced this field by demonstrating how a brain implant can...

Technology

JPMorgan CEO Calls Bitcoin ‘Stupid’, Offers Bitcoin Trading Anyway

The CEO Of JPMorgan, Jamie Dimon has been quite vocal in his criticism of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. In fact, he has been known to threaten to fire employees who traded in cryptocurrency and called the market stupid....

Russia Finally Acknowledges Radiation Clouds Over Europe But Denies Responsibility

For months now, European monitoring agencies have been detecting radioactive clouds over several EU countries. These agencies have been speculating that these clouds may be coming from Russia. However, not only did Russia...

$35,000 Off-Road EV Has 555 Horsepower And More Torque Than A Tank

While Tesla might be the reigning king of both sports and sedan electric vehicles, its cars are not exactly suited to off-road driving. This is where the Nikola Powersports Nikola Zero UTV (Utility Task Vehicle) could make...

Hawaii Joins In Condemning EA And Loot Boxes, Wants To Block Battlefront II Sales

At this point, its safe to say that loot boxes and microtransactions are incredibly unpopular features in games with anyone except the publishers. Everyone from the gamers to developers, and now, even politicians hate the...

Valve To Make Steam ‘Review Bombing’ Toothless With New Changes

Reviews are meant to inform customers, which is why Valve opted to allow users on its digital distribution platform Steam to leave them on games and other products. However, it would seem that some people have found a way...
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